Water damage restoration service – Rock City

Building owners in Rock City suffer flood damage on a regular basis. Whether you’ve experienced a natural disaster or a localized catastrophe such as a ruptured pipe, Critical Control is standing by to respond 24/7.

If a storm, flood, or burst pipe causes water to seep into a home or structure water damage can occur more often than not. Sometimes, the damage is obvious and apparent. Other times, it’s subtle or under-reported.

Water damage remediation is much more complicated than just drying out the interior. Modern professional techniques for water damage repair, such as Critical Control, can often mitigate damage that would otherwise need a total structural replacement.

Water Damage Restoration Guidelines Are In Place – So Call a Professional

A lot of times, property or home owners attempt to deal with water damage by using DIY solutions found on the internet. This is a mistake. The management of water damage is according to the established guidelines. These guidelines require the expertise and equipment of professionals. These guidelines are found in the IICRC Standard Reference Guide, or Professional Water Damage Restoration book. This guideline is essential to ensure the professional standardisation of situations involving water damage to structures or homes, as well as the risk associated with it.

The IICRC guidelines help restoration experts like Critical Control to evaluate the severity and type of damage to each project.

These guidelines are crucial for water damage professionals. In certain situations there are situations where the use of an Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP) is essential. An IEP is someone who has the skills and training to evaluate the condition of a place, take samples, run lab tests, and then give us advice on the type of water damage.

This is particularly important in situations where the building’s occupants are in danger or have concerns about contamination.

Categories and Classes of Water Damage


Restoration projects for water damage are classified into two categories according to the extent of the infiltration of water is.

The classification refers to how dirty the water that entered the structure has been. The first category is water that originates from a clean source like the sink or tub, or a water source that bursts.

The category 2 water has high levels of contaminants and has the potential to cause discomfort of illness when inhaled or consumed. The sources could be water that isn’t obvious as a threat such as the effluent from washing machines and overflows from toilets.

Category 3 water can be considered to be extremely polluted. It could contain pathogenic, toxic, or other dangerous substances. Usually this means contamination by sewage, toilet backflows after the trap for toilets, seawater, water flooding from rivers and streams, or any other source of water that comes from the building exterior. This kind of water could include heavy metals, pesticides that are regulated, toxic materials, or substances within it.


The IICRC has also developed classes to follow when measuring the amount of water intrusion on your property. The system is basically a set of guidelines for the saturation of the building or home.

The lowest degree of absorption by water and the most water is classified as Class 1. It is the case when water is in contact with less than 5% of building substances that absorb water. This is usually the case in which the majority of items affected by water are low evaporation, meaning, they do not absorb or hold water. Concrete or plaster, masonry and wood that has been finished/coated are some of the examples.

Class 2 indicates that there is a significant absorption of water and intrusion. This means that between 5% and 40% of the combined floor, ceiling and wall is made from low-evaporation substances like wood, concrete, plaster, or masonry.

Class 3 is the term used to describe 40% or more of the floor, wall, and ceiling materials are porous like carpet, insulation, fiberboard etc. Other materials such as concrete or plaster that don’t absorb water have not been adversely affected.

Class 4 indicates that water has been deeply bound in materials that do not readily absorb water, such as concrete, wood, and masonry. This is why special drying methods are required and longer drying times.

How do you dry a water damaged building or house


Three ways to remove water from buildings include physical extraction, dehumidification and evaporate. Eliminating liquid water is at most 500 times more effective than air movers. The quicker the structure can dry, the better. Both methods of extraction and dehumidification will be affected by how much of the material is extracted.

Water damage professionals use a variety techniques. We have subsurface tools, wands as well as self-propelled tools and vacuum squeezers.

Forcible Evaporation

After the water has been removed, the remaining moisture is then dried by high-speed airmovers.

If an object is wet or submerged in water, it absorbs some of the moisture or water. The substance is then damp or wet as a result.

Saturation is the time where it becomes unachievable for air to hold any moisture. A higher humidity indicates that the air is more close to saturation.

The evaporation process occurs the moment when water molecules shift from an in liquid state to a gaseous state. This process is known as evaporation.

In this way the object no longer absorbs additional water from the atmosphere. The saturation point is the point of evaporation. When saturation is reached the drying process starts.

In the evaporation phase the highly efficient air moves dry the object on two sides. They produce a powerful airflow across the entire surface, that is controlled by a filter that completely covers the surface of the object.

A fan that moves air can move around 10 to 20% more air than a fan, or an ordinary fan in your home.

Air movers dry objects approximately 10 times faster than natural conditions, where there isn’t any air mover.

A high-velocity airflow is able to dry the surface of the object and absorbs the moisture that has been taken away by the air mover.

Utilizing Heat to Aid the Drying Process

A key component of any restoration is heat. To dry out the materials damaged by water, we use various types of heaters.

Electric Heaters: These heaters may be used for drying jobs which require multiple sources of heat. This is due to the fact that they can be found in various energies, which lets you use multiple heaters at the same time.

It is also possible to turn off or turn off the electric heater when the task is completed, but without impacting other heaters. This means that you can lower one heater, while increasing the wattage of the other to increase efficiency and lower energy costs.

Because they emit almost no carbon dioxide and require little water, electric heaters are very well-liked in restoration projects. They require longer to heat up and take more time to dry.

Hydronic Bioler (TES) These boilers are extremely efficient at heating up quickly, while still producing very little emissions. They can run on natural gas or propane.

Hydronic boilers are different from electric heat because they don’t use forced-air heat to distribute heat. This can make it difficult to distribute heat evenly over large areas using these heaters. They can also be used to dry jobs that do not require ceilings or walls to be able to stand in place.

When electric heaters cannot be used, hydronic boilers can frequently be employed. They can generate radiant heat, and they can keep your drying area warm without the need of electricity.


To keep buildings and homes dry which have suffered damage due to water damage, we make use of Low Grain Refrigerant (LGR) Dehumidifiers.

The LGR Home Dehumidifier can draw 170 pints of water from damp structures which have suffered severe water damage within 24 hours.

The dehumidifier at home is able to remove water from the air the same way it does an LGR Refrigerant Dehumidifier. It will also remove the 99 percent or more of airborne mold spores through the elimination of condensation.

Fixing Wood Floor Water Damage

The floors that have been damaged by water need to be ripped up so repairs can be made beginning with the subflooring and moving upwards.

Subflooring that is damaged first has to be removed and repaired. The affected hardwood floors need to be sanded down or replaced. To ensure a uniform appearance flooring, all floors should be sanded down and repaired after these repairs are completed.

Carpets are vulnerable to water damage

Floods can cause severe destruction to your home and can make repairs costly and difficult to repair. Even if the water is eliminated from the area immediately, there is still a chance that you’ll have to replace the flooring in the future.

It would be devastating to discover that your house isn’t in top condition after you have spent so much time and money to fix it.

Because of this, it is essential to evaluate the extent of damages as soon as you can. The first step is to determine if the damaged area needs to be replaced. There’s a good possibility that the carpet could be cleaned and still used once it is dry and this will help eliminate some of concerns regarding the growth of mildew and the lingering smells.

Salvaging Carpet After a Water Damage Event

If the water damage is severe It is likely that you’ll notice stains on your carpeting. In certain instances the only option to get rid of these stains is to change the flooring. A strong, lingering odor may also be the reason to replace your carpeting. If it is it is likely that you’ll need to replace both the padding and carpet.

The next step in determining whether or not it is necessary to replace your carpeting is to determine whether the flooring can be dried and cleaned professionally. Professionals will aid you in determining the severity of the damage was. Our company will assess your carpet and determine whether it is best to replace it or re-usable. Be aware that certain methods employed to dry the carpet can harm the carpet further if it is already in poor condition.

Several factors will influence the need for padding or carpet should be replaced.

Do your carpets need to be dried and cleaned, or disinfected and cleaned professionally?

The carpet’s capacity to remain clean can be affected if the padding beneath it is damaged. Although your carpet may have dried in a short time, mildew growth can still occur when the padding beneath isn’t dried.

A professional carpet cleaning company is the best option to ensure your carpet is dry and clean following the flood. Once the company has completed their work, you will be capable of making an informed decision about the state of your carpeting and decide whether or not to change it.

Drywall damaged by water

The degree of damage will determine the kind and technique of repair. Repairing water damage is as simple as removing a section of drywall, cleaning it, and then replacing it.

The flip side of the coin is that significant damage may require whole-wall replacement including the wall studs and fiberglass insulation.

Mold spores can be found in water damaged drywall that is hard to get rid of. So in most cases, drywall will need to be replaced. We utilize moisture testing tools that allow us to determine the extent to which water has grown. This allows us to identify damaged areas and limit costs to only necessary damaged areas.

Water can also cause structural damage, since it causes the wood to expand or contract. When the wood is saturated by water, it becomes much easier to break. The wood can get brittle if allowed to dry in water for too long.


This issue can be prevented by homeowners and building owners taking immediate action to fix the structural damage caused by moisture-related problems with their property following flooding or other damages caused by water.

Water Damage to the Foundation

Water damage to a house’s foundation can occur for many reasons. While not all water concerns result in structural damage, it is critical to repair foundational problems in the quickest time possible to prevent structural damage.

The damage caused by water in the foundation could cause many different problems in the manner it is addressed. It can lead to serious structural damage if the issue isn’t treated quickly.


Roof Water Damage

Similar to foundation water damage roof water damage is also fairly common after natural disasters. Along with the possibility of roof leaks, roof damage can cause problems with the walls or foundation of a home or construction.

Leaking roofs are extremely costly and can have significant disadvantages. Leakage in the roof could lead to mold growth, which can prove fatal. Leaks in the roof may also result in damage to the roof truss system.

Leaks in the ceiling can cause your rafters to deteriorate and soften if you do not address them immediately. Damage to your roof can result from electrical faults, which can lead to an electrical fire. These are all good reasons to have your roof water damage repaired quickly after a flood or other type of unexpected damage.

HVAC Water Damage

If your HVAC system is failing or brand-new equipment becomes inoperable, it can cause structural damage to your home. You are putting your business and home at risk by not having HVAC. Mold growth can lead to serious health issues.

Water damage to pipes

Water damage to pipes is typically caused due to a pipe burst within your home. If you’ve determined there’s been a leak, it’s important to get professional help to stop the leak and make sure it doesn’t cause structural damage.

Pipes that burst can cause a number of damages. The water can get into your home via broken pipes, causing severe damage. It could cause structural damage.

If you spot water damage to your pipe that is not repaired close off the water supply.

What’s the cost for cleaning up water damaged?

Water damage restoration cost per square foot

Based on the square feet the water damage repair and cleanup costs differ. The following breakdown of pricing can be obtained at National Flood Services for each square foot

Are water damages covered by homeowner’s insurance?

If the cause of the damage was unintentional and sudden the homeowners insurance policy typically cover the damage. The Insurance Information Institute states that homeowners insurance can cover the repair or replacement of broken windows, but not for damage caused by neglect.

Damage caused by neglect can be described as wear and tear of the surface or object due to exposure, insufficient preventative maintenance, or general degradation. The Insurance Information Institute in the USA states that homeowners insurance does not cover the damage caused by negligence.

If the damage to your property is the result of an event that is a flood, it is not covered under homeowner’s insurance. Rather, a flood policy is required. In some areas, flood policies are required by mortgage companies. Flooding can happen due to storms, flooding ground or overflowing bodies of water or overflowing or surging bodies like rivers, lakes, streams and oceans.